*SPINY SEA URCHIN
*SPINY SEA URCHIN (Stamile,P) TET 1492-A [(Shimmering
Elegance x Ed Brown) X Magic Lake] 27” EMRe. fr. emo. SEv. 5½”
x 2¾” x 2”. 4-way branching. 20-25 buds.
Ouch!! This daylily has “spines” all along the outer edge of the
daylily. These spines seem to prick at people’s hearts as well. This
one is always a visitor favorite. A beautiful lavender bi-tone that
opens well and flat despite the elaborate structural gold chartreuse edging.
The flower also has a shadowed mauve eye that is more prominent very early
in the season. Like sharks teeth spiny edges seem to be controlled
by a temperature dependent recessive modifier gene. Unlike sharks
teeth these spiny teeth seem to be less heat dependent and appear much
earlier in the season. At times the edging can appear almost citron
green in color. MAGIC LAKE, the pollen parent itself, is becoming
an important parent for green edges for other hybridizers and myself.
SPINY SEA URCHIN has one flaw. The scapes bloom at the top of the
leaves. This is very common among gold edged daylilies. Nevertheless, I
consider it a serious flaw. This has not deterred anyone and there is a
long waiting list for this one from visitors in the garden. A must have
for the hybridizer working on structural edges. Fertile both ways